Sarah Ozeri: THE HAVEN

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Sarah was born in Yemen. Her parents immigrated to Palestine when she was two years old. Sarah grew up in Givatayim and at the end of the school volunteered to serve in the Haganah. During the Israel's War of Independence, she became friends with her wartime mate Abraham Ozeri. After the war, Abraham and Sarah got married and settled in the Tzaala neighborhood of Tel Aviv. They had three children. Abraham worked for the Israeli Aviation Industry, while Sarah took care of the kids.

Next to housekeeping and bringing up children, Sara paid all her free time to creative work sculpting, working with ceramics, painting on ceramics and metal. Her biggest dream ever since the youth, was painting, however, existing circumstances did not allow her to take the study of art. Abraham had many business trips abroad, and Sarah often joined him. Thus she became a connoisseur of art collections in museums of Paris and London. Another her passion was the nature of Israel. Having a car in the years when it was still a rarity, the family often traveled around the country.

In the 1970s, when the children left home, the relationship between the couple worsened. They shared the home, but both led their own life.  Sarah grieved discord in the family, but being a strong and aspiring personality, she decided that it is time to fulfill her dream to seriously study art. In 1982-1986 she learned at the Avni Institute of Art and Design in Tel Aviv.

Since then, art became the meaning of life to Sarah Ozeri, her refuge, her haven in the sea of life. The subjects of the artists drawings became streets of Tel Aviv, still lifes, and Galilee landscapes. She preferred watercolors, considering that soft watercolor tones allow embodying the bright Israeli sunlight and hot air, sandy streets, and the haze of khamsin sky.

Sarah Ozeri became a member of the Association of Israeli Painters and Sculptors. From 1987 her work is regularly exhibited at the Avni Institute and in the House of Artists in Tel Aviv. She participated in the 1989 exhibition of Israeli artists in Shalom Tower in Tel Aviv. In 1992 was conducted the Sarah Ozeri personal exhibition in the Emanuel House in Tel Aviv.

Sarah bravely fought for the right to live and to continue her creative work in an uneven struggle with a cancer for her last two years. She passed away at the age of 66. But her pictures lasted, and they still impress the viewers. The artist continues to live and speak to us through her watercolors - still lifes, landscapes and scenes in the Old Jaffa haven. Just as big and small ships come to the haven to take a small break and to recharge their stock for the next voyage, Sarah Ozeri found here, in the haven, a peace, inner strength, and inspiration for her creativity.

Vladimir Boyko, curator

1928 1994

 

 

The Haven

Tel Aviv, 1988-1992
Watercolor and pencil, 35 x 51 cm
Private collection (NMC.1)

Tel Aviv, 1988-1992
Watercolor, 70 x 49.5 cm
Private collection (NMC.6)

Tel Aviv, 1988-1992
Watercolor, 70 x 50 cm
Private collection (NMC.7)

Tel Aviv, 1985
Watercolor, 35 x 50cm
Private collection (JO.2)

Still Life, 1988
Watercolor, 25 x 17cm
Private collection (OB.1.1)

Still Life, 1988
Watercolor, 25 x 17cm
Private collection (OB.1.2)

Still Life, 1988
Watercolor, 25 x 17cm
Private collection (OB.1.4)

Still Life, 1988
Watercolor, 25 x 17cm
Private collection (OB.2)

Galil, 1992
Watercolor, 51 x 71cm
Private collection (NMC.8)

Galil, 1990
Watercolor, 51 x 71cm
Private collection (NMC.9)

Galil, 1990
Watercolor, 65 x 50 cm
Private collection (NMC.5)

Galil, 1989
Watercolor, 31 x 25cm
Private collection (JO.3)

The Haven, 1988-92
Watercolor, 25.5 x 35 cm
Private collection (OB.4)

The Haven, 1985
Watercolor, 25 x 31 cm
Private collection (JO.4)

The Jaffa Port, 1988
Watercolor, 50 x 70 cm
Private collection (NMC.2)

The Haven, 1988-1992
Watercolor, 35 x 50 cm
Private collection (NMC.3)

 

 

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